The Society of Independent Brewers has awarded Castle Rock Brewery’s Screech Owl the champion’s title in the strong bitter category at their annual meeting in Stratford upon Avon. The beer, already holder of the highest midlands award, judged at SIBA’s regional beer competition held during the CAMRA Nottingham Beer Festival at Nottingham Castle last autumn, was one of seven beers judged for places in the final rankings.
According to SIBA chairman, Peter Amor, the standard of entries continues to rise each year. “This makes it ever more difficult for our judges to select the category winners. With this focus on quality, taste and provenance, it’s no surprise the smaller breweries are bucking the greater market trend with growing sales volumes.”
Colin Wilde, Castle Rock’s commercial director says, “It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to secure such a prestigious award for Nottingham and the East Midlands against such stiff national competition. As we did when Harvest Pale earned similar success two years ago, lovers of real ale must tip their hat to Adrian Redgrove, surely the region’s best brewer.”